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  • Subject: American Recovery Plan

    As discussed, attached is the document that I received for the Town Hall with Senator Cardin.  Below are some highlights for the County:

     

    The County will receive $31,662,690 from the Treasury.  Funding is distributed on a population basis.  50% within 60 days and 50% in one year.  County funds may be used for revenue loss as well as making necessary investments in water, sewer, or infrastructure.  It can be used to assist businesses and non-profits.  Funds may not be used for taxcuts or to fund pension.  Guidance will be coming out with more specific details as to what is allowable.  More information will be needed before we can formulate a plan.  All funds must be expended by December 31, 2024. 

     

    Municipalities did well and will receive their own funding totaling $10,386,451.  Funds are distributed on a modified CDBG formula on a population and concentration of poverty and broken down:

    • La Plata- $8,049,563
    • Indian Head- $2,324,352
    • Port Tobacco- $12,536

     

    In addition to the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, there will be different pots of funding for:

    • Vaccine Deployment, Testing, Health Care Assistance for Maryland Department of Health and county health departments
    • Housing Assistance for Renters, Homeowners, and the Homeless –   The Secretary of Housing has the option to use three different formulas to distribute funding.
      • First time assistance is available for Homeowners
    • Transit Emergency Relief-  Local governments, especially those with rural transit or senior and persons with disabilities transit programs, should coordinate with the MDOT MTA for further information.
      • Waldorf, MD – $1,275,012
    • Broadband Connectivity Support
      • Emergency Connectivity Fund to help schools and libraries ensure that our nation’s school children and library patrons can fully participate in remote learning.
        • School systems and libraries will apply directly to the FCC for reimbursement.
      • Flexible Funding for Broadband Infrastructure-  In order to meet community demand for broadband internet infrastructure, states, counties, and municipalities are eligible to use a portion of their funding to “make necessary improvements in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure.”
        • Maryland will receive $169 million under the newly established $10 billion Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund.
          • This will provide the State with flexibility to carry out capital projects across the state that will “enable work, education, and health monitoring, including telehealth, in response to COVID-19” that may include broadband infrastructure projects.
    • Education
      • Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSERF)
        • In Maryland, the ESSERF will provide $2.005 billion in total funding for K-12 schools.
          • $1.756 billion will be distributed on a formula basis to each of our 24 local school systems.
          • $287.651 million will be provided to the Maryland State Department of Education’s (MSDE) for statewide activities and administration of funding.
          • $54 million is available for supplemental appropriations for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) funding
      • Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)
        • $549.452 million to our community colleges, public and private, non-profit four-year institutions, and for-profit institutions. Individual college level allocations are not available at this time.
        • Uses include:  the replacement of lost revenue, reimbursements previously issued to students, transition to online learning, payroll, and financial aid for students to cover emergency costs such as food, housing, health care and child care expenses.
      • Emergency Assistance for Non-Public Schools (EANS)
        • In Maryland, the State will receive $49 million to distribute to non-public schools across the state.
    • Child Care relief
      • Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Funding
        • In Maryland, this will provide a total of $194 million that will be distributed to low-income parents across the state by the Maryland State Department of Education.
          • A county by county level allocation will not be available, the child care providers are chosen at the discretion of MSDE.
      • Child Care Stabilization Funds
        • In Maryland, this will provide a total of $310 million that will be distributed to child care providers across the state by the Maryland State Department of Education.
          • A county by county level allocation will not be available, the child care providers are chosen at the discretion of MSDE.
    • Utility Assistance
      • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
        • In Maryland, this will provide a total of $166 million that will be distributed to qualified low-income residents across the state by the Maryland Department of Human Services.
          • A county by county level allocation will not be available, the funds will be awarded to eligible recipients by the Maryland Department of Human Services’ Office of Home Energy Programs.
      • Other utility payment supports
        • State and local governments may elect to use a portion of their Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds allocations to provide utility payment support for constituents.
        • In addition, utility payments are an allowable use of funds under both the Emergency Rental Assistance program and the Homeowner Assistance Fund to support renters and homeowners.
    • Direct Constituent Relief
      • Economic Impact Payments
        • Economic Impact Payment of $1,400 for qualified taxpayers.
        • The provision provides a refundable tax credit in the amount of $1,400 per eligible family member.
        • The payment is $1,400 per taxpayer ($2,800 for married filing jointly), in addition to $1,400 per qualifying child.
        • The payment phases out starting at $75,000 of modified adjusted gross income for individuals ($112,500 for heads of household and $150,000 for married filing jointly).
        • Individuals with AGIs over $80,000, heads of household over $120,000, and married filing jointly over $160,000 will not receive any payment.
      • Unemployment Insurance Extension
        • extends emergency unemployment insurance programs through September 6, 2021,
        • extends the length of time individuals can receive Pandemic Unemployment Assistance  and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits by an additional 25 weeks.
        • The bill provides $300 per week in federal supplemental unemployment benefits through September 6, 2021.
        • Lastly, the legislation prevents surprise tax bills for many workers who received unemployment compensation in 2020 by making the first $10,200 of unemployment benefits non-taxable for certain taxpayers.

Saturday, March 13, 2021 8:55 PM

Unrestricted funding up to $500,000 for Minority Owned Non-profits

Unrestricted Funding for Minority Owned Non-profits

Citi’s $25 million Request for Proposals (RFP) for non-profit organizations in the U.S. are actively providing technical assistance to small businesses owned by people of color. Selected non-profits will receive up to $500,000 in unrestricted funding, which will allow them to expand their reach and serve more minority entrepreneurs in need. Fortunately, MD is in the running!

For more details on eligibility requirements and the application process, please visit https://www.citigroup.com/citi/foundation/programs/smallbusiness.htm. The deadline for applications is April 12, 2021 at 4 pm EST.

The following is a related blog post: https://blog.citigroup.com/2021/03/delivering-technical-assistance-to-small-businesses-in-need/.

 


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